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Santa Ana : 2 of 3 Brothers Injured in Drive-By Shooting

Two of three brothers leaving a house were wounded Saturday night when a passenger of a passing car fired five or six rounds from what may have been a semiautomatic weapon. Police said Sunday that the shooting does not appear to be gang-related and there was no apparent motive.

Rufino Fuentes Ayala, 26, and his brother, Alex Ayala, 24, of Cypress, were shot in the legs. A third brother, Joseph Ayala, 28, of Cypress, was not hurt. The attack occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of South Austin Street, Sgt. Randy Eldridge said.

Police said the three men were leaving the house where Rufino Ayala lives when a small black car--possibly a Mustang--passed by and shots were fired. The weapon is believed to have been a semiautomatic, Eldridge said. He noted that in this incident, unlike many drive-by gang shootings, nothing was said to the brothers before the shots were fired.

The eldest Ayala drove his wounded brothers to Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

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